8 Official Data Which Are Just False


All OCC’s figures for pre-1994 records

Messy charts, inaccurate scanning systems and now made up claims for historical records. The OCC’s flaws are getting more obvious as we discover additional information. Their goal was a very good one, compile all-time lists of best selling records. They published the top selling singles’ artists in 2002, then biggest selling albums in 2006. Since then, they also produced lists of top selling singles.

Positive initiatives and a lot of valuable information. But also various errors that the OCC refuses to admit and ultimately to fix. From the day they published the albums’ list, figures for several albums appeared to be delusional for many. The number of the BeatlesSgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at 4,8 million, the ones of Queen‘s Greatest Hits at 5,4 million and Greatest Hits II at 3,6 million were pointed out. On the other side, various albums appeared with numbers well below their certified amount like Michael Jackson‘s Bad and Elton John‘s Very Best Of while Bob Marley‘s Legend figures were inconsistent with former retail sales claimed in the country.

With time, it appeared that Alan Jones, the compiler of these all-time lists for the OCC, did various mistakes. He took several claims at face value as in the Beatles‘ case. He added parts of Queen‘s 2/3 CD compilations into Greatest Hits I and II while not applying the same treatment for many other artists. Also, he missed all club sales for many albums, while considering a comprehensive shipment value for others.

Mistakes happen everywhere. The issue comes from they fact the OCC furiously maintain their position, continuing to add new sales to these completely flawed numbers. The result is chaotic: figures of all Top 10 albums are largely wrong in the high or in the low side. These official lists are just plainly false.

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So did “Reputation” sell around 3 million copies during 2017 or to date?


So on the last page, you stated that many people are skeptical about Mariah Carey’s two diamond certifications but never went further into detail into that. Would you mind explaining why people have this perception/skepticism about her certifications?


Hi Isaiah! If you didn’t know, Mariah’s 2 US diamond-certified albums (Music Box and Daydream) are on around 7,3m and 7,7m respectively on SoundScan. As for BMG club sales, both albums are on 735K and 848K respectively, leading to a total of around 8 million for Music Box and 8,5 million for Daydream. Obviously, sales from other avenues (eg. unscanned copies, Columbia House club sales etc.) weren’t factored in, but many people thought the a gap of 1,5-2 million was too large, with some completely unaware of the importance of club sales, thus leading to the false conclusion that both… Read more »


You are so right with the OCC’s new rules. So wrong.

Anyway, I did share this article on twitter to both OCC and USBillboard and hashtags most of the companies you have mentioned on this article. They need to know their mistakes.


About the best selling albums list in UK, you’re definitely right. The mistakes of the OCC are obvious and admitted by more and more people who are interested by this question. Sgt. Pepper at 5.4 million in UK ? Come on… (I am a huge Beatles fan, but not blind…). The worst – “errare humanum est, diabolicum perseverare” – is their decision to maintain their numbers, even if they know (and they can’t ignore it) that they are false… Are they scared to seem ridiculous ? I would like to know your own list Top 10, 20, 50 ?…) of… Read more »


Great!And Riaa also many fake cer

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